I’d like to start by saying that I did NOT make this soup because I had a hangover. (However, I did have a lingering headache all day that went away after I ate this…hmmmm…)
This is another recipe inspired by Smart Chefs Stay Slim, although I adjusted some proportions and used some random veggies I had hanging out in the fridge. It’s basically a spicy broth with shrimp and greens – I can definitely understand why it would be good hangover food!
I’m going to write out the recipe as I made it, but you could easily substitute whatever greens/veggies you have on hand. It’s a great recipe for a fridge cleanout day!
Hangover Soup (makes two generous servings)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 heaping teaspoon Red Curry Paste
- 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1/2 cup leftover chicken, diced
- 10-12 shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 medium carrot, sliced in thin rounds
- 1 1/2 cups Swiss chard, chopped
- 2 scallions, chopped
- chopped cilantro (for garnish)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup rice noodles (soaked in warm water for 8-10 minutes) or cooked rice (if you have some handy)
Bring chicken broth and water to a boil. Add red curry paste, fish sauce, sugar and lime juice. Stir. Add chicken, garlic and carrots. Cook for about 2 minutes – just until the carrots start to soften.
Add rice noodles, shrimp, Swiss chard, scallions, salt and pepper and cook over medium high heat until the shrimp are cooked through. Pour the noodle soup into two large bowls, top with cilantro (if you want) and an additional squeeze of fresh lime (or a wedge of lime for garnish). Eat and enjoy!
That’s it. It’s that easy.
Now, I did have to go buy curry paste and fish sauce, because I don’t usually cook with those ingredients, but I am so glad that I did! I can easily see this soup becoming a go-to after work meal. It was spicy but light, and I felt fantastic after I ate it. What more can you ask for?